On Monday, July 6, the Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal had a video conference with the newly appointed World Bank Country Director for Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine Arup Banerji.
The Prime Minister of Ukraine congratulated Mr. Arup Banerji on his appointment and expressed hope that the constructive cooperation between Ukraine and the World Bank would be prolonged. "We reckon that together we will succeed in working out possible mechanisms to support Ukraine in this difficult period," stressed Denys Shmyhal.
During the negotiations, the interlocutors discussed the situation caused by the coronavirus epidemic in Ukraine and the world, the progress of implementation of a number of joint projects between Ukraine and the World Bank aimed at supporting the healthcare sector, continuing systemic reforms in Ukraine, development of urban infrastructure and more. "I want to thank the World Bank for its consistent financial support to Ukraine. The World Bank is one of the largest institutional investors in Ukraine," accentuated Denys Shmyhal.
In turn, Mr. Arup Banerji reaffirmed that the World Bank is committed to continue cooperation with Ukraine and support joint projects.
Apart from that, the World Bank Country Director for Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine commended the Ukrainian Prime Minister's proposal for cooperation in the project of fair transformation of coal regions, emphasizing that the World Bank had launched similar programs in Greece and Poland. "We will work together with you and your team," he said.
Denys Shmyhal expressed hope that the joint projects of Ukraine and the World Bank will be fruitful and efficient. "I will be happy to engage in joint systemic work on specific projects that are on our current agenda," the Prime Minister of Ukraine concluded.